Mar 05 | 54th Rolex 24 At Daytona Scheduled for Jan. 30-31, 2016

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“We’re excited to finalize the dates for the Rolex 24 At Daytona for 2016, the first event in the new stadium,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said.

Rolex 24

The 54th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the first event to take place in the new motorsports stadium at Daytona International Speedway, is scheduled Jan. 30-31, track officials announced today. The demanding 24-hour sports car race staged on the track’s 3.56-mile road course will serve as the kick-off event to the 2016 IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season.

“We’re excited to finalize the dates for the Rolex 24 At Daytona for 2016, the first event in the new stadium,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “Sports car enthusiasts will be able to enjoy all the new amenities from the DAYTONA Rising project as well as view the thrilling racing action that comes with the Rolex 24 At Daytona. The twice-around-the-clock challenge is North America’s most prestigious sports car event and attracts the world’s best drivers to compete lap after lap for 24 hours in the ultimate test of driver and machine.”

“The Rolex 24 At Daytona is an event where fans can enjoy close competition and witness the latest and greatest in automotive technologies,” added IMSA President Scott Atherton. “Our world class prototypes racing alongside a new crop of GT cars for the first time following the breathtaking DAYTONA Rising project will make next year’s Rolex 24 a must-see spectacle.”

DAYTONA Rising, which is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2016 Rolex 24 and DAYTONA 500, is a $400 million redevelopment project of Daytona International Speedway frontstretch. Five expanded and redesigned entrances, or “injectors,” will lead fans to a series of escalators and elevators, transporting them to three different concourse levels. Each level features spacious social areas, or “neighborhoods,” along the nearly mile-long frontstretch. At the conclusion of the redevelopment, Daytona International Speedway will have approximately 101,000 permanent, wider and more comfortable seats, twice as many restrooms and three times as many concession stands.

The testing dates for the 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona have also been finalized. The Roar Before The Rolex 24, the critical three-day test session in advance of the twice-around-the-clock challenge, is scheduled for Jan. 8-10.

The BMW Performance 200, the season-opening event to the IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge and part of the Rolex 24 At Daytona weekend, will go green on Friday, Jan. 29.

Ticket and complete schedule information for the 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Roar Before The Rolex 24 will be released at a later date. For more information on tickets to Daytona International Speedway events, go online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

Fans can follow sports cars at www.imsa.com and on Twitter at TUDOR United SportsCar Championship (@UnitedSportsCar). Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.  Fans can follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

Mar 04 | By the Numbers: Construction of the Ricky Carmichael Signature Design for Daytona Supercross By Honda

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For the eighth straight year, Supercross legend Ricky Carmichael returns as the course designer and Bomber Built, owned by three-time AMA 125cc National Motocross Champion Mark Barnett, is building the Supercross course.

Supercross Course

Immediately following the 57th annual DAYTONA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 22, construction began in the tri-oval area between pit road and the start/finish line to create the demanding and challenging course for the Daytona Supercross By Honda, scheduled for Saturday night, March 7.

For the eighth straight year, Supercross legend Ricky Carmichael returns as the course designer and Bomber Built, owned by three-time AMA 125cc National Motocross Champion Mark Barnett, is building the Supercross course.

Carmichael retired from Supercross in 2007 as the most decorated rider in history with 15 AMA championships and 150 wins.

This year’s Ricky Carmichael Signature Design course will have a new look with the starting gate moved from pit road to the west end of the tri-oval grass and competitors will race in a clockwise direction. A wide-open field of riders will compete for a coveted Daytona trophy including Ryan Dungey, Trey Canard, Chad Reed, Ken Roczen, Cole Seely and Eli Tomac.

Daytona International Speedway has been hosting the Daytona Supercross By Honda since 1971 and this marks the 24th year that Honda has sponsored the event. Among the Supercross greats that have captured the Daytona Supercross By Honda include Bob Hannah, Jeff Stanton, Jeremy McGrath and Carmichael.

Here’s a look at some of the numbers behind the construction of this year’s Daytona Supercross By Honda course:

272 Truckloads of dirt

6,800 – Tons of dirt

10 – Trucks used to transport the dirt into the Speedway

2 – Days to bring all of the dirt into the track

30 – Jumps on the Supercross course

2 – Whoop sections

1 – Mogul section
450 – Honda-branded tuff blocks for safety

3,110 – Mileage in feet of the Supercross course

500 – Man-hours (approximate) to set up the Daytona Supercross By Honda course

In addition, one crawler, one front loader and two skid steers are used to move the dirt during construction.

The paddock for Supercross teams will again be staged in the blue garages, which are located adjacent to the Sprint FANZONE and provide easy accessibility for the fans from noon to 6 p.m. and is included in the race ticket.

Also returning in 2015 will be the sixth annual Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross. Scheduled for Sunday, March 8 and Monday, March 9, amateur Supercross racers will have an opportunity to test their skills on the same course used in the Daytona Supercross By Honda. Following the Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross will be the inaugural FLY Racing ATV Supercross on Tuesday, March 10.

Tickets for the event are now on sale at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Advance general admission tickets start at $35 and kids tickets (ages 6-12) start at $10.

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.  Fans can also follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

Mar 03 | 50 Riders Entered for 74th Daytona 200 on Saturday, March 14

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~ Entry List for America’s Most Historic Motorcycle Race Includes Five Past Champions~

DAYTONA 200

Five former DAYTONA 200 champions are among the 50 riders entered in the 74th DAYTONA 200 on Saturday, March 14 at Daytona International Speedway, which will be sanctioned for the first time by the American SportBike Racing Association (ASRA).

Fifty riders are on the final pre-entry list including former DAYTONA 200 champions Danny Eslick (2014), Josh Herrin (2010), Steve Rapp (2007), John Ashmead (1989) and Dave Sadowski Sr. (1990).  For a complete entry list, click here.

The DAYTONA 200 will be a 57-lap race on the 3.51-mile road course showcasing 600cc sportbikes battling for a purse of $175,000 with the race winner also being awarded a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona.

Qualifying for the starting lineup for the DAYTONA 200 will take place on Friday, March 13 with the race going green the following day at 1 p.m.

The DAYTONA 200 is America’s most historic motorcycle race with the inaugural event being held on the sands of Daytona Beach before the race moved to Daytona International Speedway in 1961.

Competing in such a prestigious event was a no-brainer for Herrin, who will ride a Yamaha for Meen Motorsports.

“Whenever we found out it was going to be (held), it was really important to me,” Herrin said. “Not only because I won it before, but I also want to be like some of my heroes like Scott Russell and Miguel Duhamel who have won it multiple times. I think that’s a really big accomplishment.”

 In addition to the prestige of becoming a multiple winner of the DAYTONA 200, Herrin is also gunning for the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, which has traditionally been awarded to the pole winner of the DAYTONA 200 but will now be presented to the race winner.

“I’ve never been a good qualifier so getting the Rolex has always been out of reach for me,” Herrin said. “Now that it goes to the race winner, that’s something I’d like to get. It would be really important to me.”

While the DAYTONA 200 will have a new sanctioning body this year, the ingredients to win the grueling race that features multiple pit stops remains the same.

“The most important thing is going to be staying calm,” Herrin said. “It’s definitely the longest race that any of us do in our career. I’m working with the same crew chief that I won the DAYTONA 200 before so that’s a big thing for me. I know good decisions are going to be made in the pits and our pit stops are going to be really fast. It’s going to be exciting for sure.”

Reserved grandstand tickets for the DAYTONA 200 are $45, unreserved grandstand/infield tickets are $45 and unreserved grandstand tickets are $35. Kids 12 and under are free in general admission areas.

Tickets for all motorcycle racing events are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.  Fans can follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

Mar 02 | Honda Signs Multi Year Extension to Sponsor DAYTONA Supercross By Honda

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Manufacturer Returns to DIS as Partner for 24th Straight Season

DAYTONA Supercross by Honda

Honda has signed a multi-year agreement to remain the title sponsor of the DAYTONA Supercross By Honda at Daytona International Speedway, the longest continuous Supercross event in America and the only stop in Florida for the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship.

In addition to enjoying title sponsorship of the race, Honda will continue to have display and hospitality rights during Daytona 200 Week. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The 2015 DAYTONA Supercross By Honda, scheduled for Saturday night, March 7, is one of the most physically demanding events on the circuit. It was first held in 1971, and riders in the DAYTONA Supercross By Honda face a grueling test on a tough and grinding course, which has been designed for the past eight years by five-time DAYTONA Supercross By Honda champion Ricky Carmichael.

“We’re thrilled to have Honda return to the “World Center of Racing” for the 24th straight season and beyond,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “Honda has been a longtime partner at Daytona International Speedway and the title sponsor to an event with a storied tradition. We’re excited about what the future holds as we continue to grow this high-flying, crowd-pleasing event.”

“We are very proud to continue a 23-year tradition of bringing the toughest and most exciting race to Supercross fans,” said Bob Gurga, Vice President of the Motorcycle Division at American Honda. “Daytona International Speedway shares in our commitment to make this the best race on the Supercross calendar. We look forward to many more years of great racing at the Daytona Supercross By Honda.”

DAYTONA Supercross By Honda tickets are now on sale at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Advance general admission tickets start at $35 and kid tickets (ages 6-12) start at $10.

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.  Fans can also follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

About American Honda:

 American Honda Motor Co., Inc. was established in 1959 and is the sole distributor of Honda motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and Side-by-Sides in the U.S. The American Honda Motorcycle Division is responsible for the sales, marketing, and operational activities for these products through authorized Honda dealers. For more information on Honda products, go to www.powersports.honda.com.

About Daytona International Speedway

Known as the “World Center of Racing,” Daytona International Speedway has activity nearly every day of the year hosting stock cars, sports cars, motorcycles and karts.  Daytona International Speedway has at least eight major race weekends a year with premier events such as the DAYTONA 500, the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola on Independence Day holiday weekend, the Rolex 24 At Daytona sports car event, the Daytona Supercross By Honda and the Daytona 200 motorcycle classic. In addition, Daytona International Speedway showcases daily track tours and is home to the winning DAYTONA 500 car.

Feb 27 | DAYTONA 500 Fancam Returns for Third Time

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Race Fans Can Tag, Share Their Experience from Sunday’s ‘The Great American Race’

For the third time, the popular DAYTONA 500 Fancam has returned to Daytona International Speedway for the 57th annual “Great American Race,” which was held last Sunday and won by Team Penske driver Joey Logano, who became the second youngest DAYTONA 500 champion in history. 

The DAYTONA 500 Fancam is a photo technology that transforms a high-definition, 360-degree crowd image of Daytona International Speedway into a social media fan experience. Designed to commemorate the passion of loyal fans, Fancam captures high-definition images of the crowd all the way down to the seat level and uploads them to a custom landing page where fans can tag themselves and share on Facebook, Twitter and e-mail. 

Fans attending the 2015 DAYTONA 500 can prove they were there by tagging themselves in the image and sharing. For fans unable to attend, the DAYTONA 500 Fancam offers the chance to explore Daytona International Speedway. For all fans, the 2015 DAYTONA 500 Fancam will memorialize the DAYTONA 500 experience they've always known - before the unveiling of the new stadium in 2016. 

To explore the 2015 DAYTONA 500 Fancam, go to daytona500.fancam.com.  

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will return for a special Sunday night edition of the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola on July 5. On the evening of July 4, the NASCAR XFINITY Series returns for the Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or visiting www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com. 

Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtag #DAYTONA500 and #COKEZERO400. Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest for the latest news all season long. Fans can follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

Feb 23 | Logano Gets Champion’s Treatment At Annual DAYTONA 500 Champion’s Breakfast, Presented With Rolex Watch

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• Penske Racing No. 22 Car to Spend the Next Year at the DIS Ticket and Tours Building • Logano Begins Whirlwind Champion’s Media Tour

Logano

Newly crowned DAYTONA 500 champion Joey Logano was off-and-running again Monday morning.

It started early with the annual Champion’s Breakfast in the Bill France Room at Daytona International Speedway, where Logano was presented with the traditional champion’s jacket. He also was surprised with a new first-year presentation for DAYTONA 500 champions: a steel-and-gold Rolex Cosmograph Daytona watch.

The timepiece will come in handy. Logano has a jam-packed schedule of media activities this week, including appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman tonight and the TODAY show Tuesday, plus a trip to ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Conn.

“I didn’t sleep much [last night], that’s for sure,” Logano said. “I didn’t go to sleep, really. My mind just kept thinking about the whole race, how it all played out. I just kept reliving the moment over and over again. It’s amazing ... the DAYTONA 500. It’s something that’s very special. And now, I’m excited about the [media] adventure that’s ahead of me.”

At Monday morning’s breakfast, Logano, crew chief Todd Gordon and car owner Roger Penske spoke with media prior to another tradition being renewed: installing the DAYTONA 500 winning car – in this instance the yellow-and-red No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford – inside the Speedway Ticket and Tours Building. The car will be part of the Speedway tours program and will be returned to the team at the 2016 DAYTONA 500, a tradition that began in 1996.

During the Champion’s Breakfast, DIS President Joie Chitwood III presented champion’s jackets to Logano, Gordon and Penske; the Harley J. Earl DAYTONA 500 trophy to Penske; and the Cannonball Baker trophy to Gordon. Chitwood and Logano also unveiled the logo for next year’s 58th annual DAYTONA 500.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will return for a special Sunday night edition of the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola on July 5. On the evening of July 4, the NASCAR XFINITY Series returns for the Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or visiting www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter (@NASCAR) and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtags #NASCAR.  Stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.  Fans can also follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

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